LOCATION SWAP IN 2022 AND 2023
Surf Life Saving Australia has today announced the 2022 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, held over nine days from 2 April, will relocate to Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
Perth, which had planned to host the 2022 Championships, will swap event dates with the Gold Coast, which was to hold the Championships in 2023.
Surf Life Saving Australia President John Baker ESM said the event swap would provide absolute clarity for surf clubs and members planning for next year’s event.
“We are very pleased to be able to announce the success of negotiations which now allows a straight swap of locations between the 2022 and 2023 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships,” Baker ESM said.
“The Gold Coast, Queensland is a location that is a well-known venue for the Aussies, and I’m sure that there’ll be plenty of excitement about being able to return to Broadbeach a year earlier than planned.
“We would like to thank Tourism Western Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland and Major Events Gold Coast for their support and flexibility in helping to make this transition possible and ensuring that Surf Life Saving’s pinnacle event has the greatest chance of success for the next two years.”
Tourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the event swap followed the Palaszczuk Government’s recent ten-year deal to host the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in Queensland.
“This will bring our decade-long deal with Australian Surf Life Saving to host the Championships forward a year to support tourism jobs on the Gold Coast for our Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“We’ve worked closely with Surf Life Saving Australia to help them navigate around the pandemic’s logistical challenges on the West Coast by bringing the Aussies to Broadbeach.
“Earlier this year, the Sunshine Coast hosted the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships and generated more than $16 million for the local visitor economy.
“We’re expecting a similar economic boost for Gold Coast accommodation providers and tourism operators with more than 6,000 competitors plus Queensland and interstate spectators anticipated this April for the Aussies at Broadbeach.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate was equally as excited to see the Aussies back on the Gold Coast.
“It is only fitting that the Aussies have found their home on the Gold Coast, as our city is famous for its hospitality, amazing weather and golden beaches,” said Tate.
“This event boosts our reputation as a safe and welcoming host destination and showcases everything great about the Goldie. Bring it on.”
Queensland will play host to eight editions of the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships between 2022 and 2031 with the exact locations still to be determined beyond 2022, but locations will be shared between the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
2022 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships Gold Coast locations:
Open, U19, U17, Masters water events – Broadbeach SLSC
U13, U14 & U15 Youth Championships – North Kirra SLSC
Open, U19, U17, Masters beach events – Kurrawa SLSC
Locations for the next two Australian Surf Life Saving Championships:
2022 – Gold Coast, Queensland
2023 – Perth, Western Australia